Researchers Study How Long It Takes to Vote (Valley News)

During Tuesday’s midterm elections, researchers from Dartmouth and the University of Florida were tracking how long it took voters—in Hanover, N.H., and in several precincts in Florida’s Miami-Dade County—to cast their ballots, reports the Valley News.

“We are interested in basic precinct processes and the time voters take to vote,” Michael Herron, a professor of government, tells the newspaper. “Wait times are important because when you wait, you are paying a tax, a time tax.”

In Hanover, Dartmouth students used a smartphone “applet” designed by Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science to record the time it took people to vote, the article notes.

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